Johannesburg: Youngsters gaining experience in handling pressure, emergence of match-winning part-timers and valuable practice are the positives Indians have taken from the IPL as they gear up to defend their ICC World T20 title next month, says skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“Well, the good thing if you see in this tournament that will really help us in ICC World Twenty20 will be the emergence of part-timers who have done really well.
“Especially in the field restrictions, you have Yusuf Pathan bowling at that point, Harbhajan (Singh) has bowled and (Pragyan) Ojha also has bowled,” Dhoni, who captained Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, said after the semifinal loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Most of the spinners are part-timers who are a part of the side, they have bowled in that particular time when you as a bowler is under pressure. Not much of spin, maybe the ball holds on a bit over here. But overall the experience in the IPL will really count
“Most of the Indian batsmen who were part of a winning side or maybe the bowlers who were part of a winning moment, they were under pressure.
“They will handle the pressure well when it comes to an international T20 game also. Loads of positives that will help the players who were part of the side,” he said.
Happy with local talent
Dhoni said he was impressed with the domestic talent that came into limelight during the Indian Premier League. — PTI